Vintage Tents

Keep Calm & Carry On

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Fashion, Publications, Vintage.

This poster seems to be increasingly popular here in the UK.  Its slowly been appearing in more and more retailers and now adorns many walls as well as numerous other items.  The most commercially minded is KeepCalmAndCarryOn who have taken the domain, exploited the fact that the poster is out of copyright and produced a plethora of appealing products.

The history of the poster is well documented on Wikipedia and makes an interesting story.  The fact that the person who has immortalised these stoical British , stiff upper lip, words is lost to the mists of time adds a charm to the tale.

The poster and its words have certainly made an impact both here and aboard and perhaps its comforting words (as if delivered by a rather formal , but friendly, great aunt) offer succour in these times of great change.  The numerous spin off posters already attribute to its social spread, simlilar to the motivational posters of the early 90’s , which were followed by the piss taking spoofs soon after.

The Crown logo resonates of the Royal Mail, a bygone Vintage era, Britain, Parliament, the clean font like the classic used for London Underground and the words themselves can suggest that other great British ‘Carry On’ , the saucy films of the 60′ & 70’s.

Slideshow Picture Information

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Images, Publications, Vintage.

Most of the pictures used in the slideshow you see on the website are pics we have taken but we have used a few from books to add a bit more vintage flavour.  If you’d like to investigate the images further or better still buy the books yourself below is the information.

The Tipi :  Traditional Native American Shelter
Adolf Hungrywolf

Touch The Earth : A Self Portrait of Indian Existence

Review from Amazon

This is a most incredible collection of writings and transcribed speeches made by North American Indians over the last 400 years.

Many of the pieces express the beauty and simplicity of their shamanic beliefs, their fundamental respect for the Earth and all her inhabitants, and their generosity to all – a philosophy we would all do well to learn from today. However, the over-riding sense of the book is one of sadness and, at times, anger,

Past Tents : The Way We Camped
Susan Snyder

A lovely book with fabulous pictures of many late 19th / early 20th century camping, American style.  Strange as many of these pics date from not long after these areas were settled.  Very evocative shots of the deserts around the southwest US.

World War II re-enactors magazine

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Publications, Vintage.

Discovered this magazine by chance at the local newsagents while out looking for a copy of Military Vehicle Magazine.  This magazine is firmly aimed at the re-enactors with detailed discussion of clothing, products for the re-enactor, upcoming tours of WWII sites, reviews of historical books and 1940’s themed events.

A good read for those wanting vintage authenticity, like history and are looking for suppliers of authentic vintage ware.  Nice to see Fleur De Guerre, who features regularly in my favourite vintage mag, Milkcow, appear in this magazine too.

Vintage Life Magazine

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Publications, Vintage.

Recently heard about this magazine when they got in touch to see if we wanted to advertise with them.  They kindly sent us a copy to have a look at.  Prior to this the only modern ‘vintage ‘magazines i’d looked at had been Milkcow and World War 11 Reenactors magazine.  Vintage Life stood out as a magazine targeting women particularly.  Its a nice handbag fitting size, 66 pages, perfect bound glossy publication.  I recognised many of the advertisers from Milkcow. Lots of articles on fashion, hair, make up laundry and other domestic stuff.